Saturday, November 14, 2009

TV Buzz: Cheyenne Jackson, Alyssa Milano, Craig Ferguson and much more!

Openly gay Broadway star, Cheyenne Jackson, says Alec Baldwin is sexy

Broadway leading man Cheyenne Jackson (pictured), who made his debut on NBC’s 30 Rock last night, said that he thinks his sitcom costar Alec Baldwin is “incredibly sexy” -- in a totally professional kind of way. Jackson spoke with Marc Malkin of E! online, who reminded readers of Baldwin’s recent admission to Entertainment Weekly that he used an “ass double” for a nudity scene in his upcoming film It’s Complicated, with Meryl Streep. "I'd look at that," Jackson told Malkin about Baldwin. “Alec Baldwin is incredibly sexy. He's an alpha male." Jackson clarified that his statement refers strictly to his admiration for Baldwin’s talent as an actor. "I would say I have a talent crush on him,” he told Malkin. “That's what we say here in New York -- a talent crush."

Alyssa Milano invited into 'Castle'

Alyssa Milano will be guest starring on ABC's "Castle". The actress has been signed to play a former love interest of Nathan Fillion's Richard Castle and stir things up between Castle and detective Kate Beckett in an episode called "A Rose for Everafter". How Milano will contribute to the story? Entertainment Weekly reports that Richard reconnects with Milano's character Kyra on her wedding day and "sparks fly". Milano's appearance is scheduled to air in early 2010 when the show returns for the second part of season 2. The shooting, however, will begin as early as next week. "Castle" received a back-nine order in October which leads the show to have a full 22-episode season.

Americans watch nearly five hours of television daily

The average American spent “four hours and 49 minutes a day on average in front of the TV” during the most recent TV season in a new report from The Nielsen Company. A few minutes shy of the five-hour mark, the 2008-9 season average is the highest ever, according to Nielsen, up four minutes from the previous year. Compared with 10 years ago, viewing is up 20 percent. And how long are the TV sets turned on in households? For eight hours and 21 minutes a day, says Nielsen, which measures seasons from September to September. People spend roughly one-fifth as much time using the Internet as watching TV, according to Nielsen’s quarterly three-screen reports.

Plans in works for Charlie's Angels TV revival

A TV revival of the 1970s hit Charlie's Angels could be heading to screens, with U.S. network ABC reportedly close to ordering a pilot for the new series. According to Hollywood industry newspaper Variety, plans are being finalized for a modernized version of the so-called "jiggle TV" classic about a trio of comely former policewomen turned private investigators who use their intelligence and feminine wiles to solve cases. Josh Friedman, who recently brought the Terminator movie franchise to television with the series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, is slated to write and executive produce the Charlie's Angels revamp. Hollywood star Drew Barrymore is also reportedly involved. The actress and filmmaker produced and starred in a pair of successful modern film revivals of the series: 2000's Charlie's Angels and 2003's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

American Emmy Award-winning TV writer and producer, David Lloyd dies at 75

Prolific, award-winning sitcom writer David Lloyd, whose decades-long career included work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Cheers and Frasier, has died of prostate cancer at the age of 75. Lloyd died at his home in Beverly Hills on Tuesday, according to his son, TV writer and producer Christopher Lloyd. Lloyd was "the preeminent writer of television comedy," Les Charles, co-creator of the classic sitcom Cheers, told the Los Angeles Times. Lloyd is regarded as a pioneer creator of workplace comedies that portrayed colleagues as a sort of family. His other writing credits includedTaxi, Rhoda, Lou Grant, The Bob Newhart Show, Dear John, Amen and Wings. In addition to his son Christopher, Lloyd is survived by his wife, Arline; his sister, Sally; his other children, Julie, Amy, Douglas and Stephen (several of whom followed him into show business); and two grandchildren.

Craig Ferguson draws more 18-49 viewers than Jimmy Fallon for first time

In a first in the late-night talk show world, CBS’ Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson beat NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in the coveted 18-49 demo, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Ferguson has been inching closer to this for a while: In five of the last seven weeks, he’s tied Fallon. But this is the first time since Ferguson’s 2005 premiere that he’s beaten his competitor from NBC in the advertiser-coveted demo. Jimmy Kimmel Live! managed to tie Late Night last week, too.